This is a year of change. This year is all about _______________.
A new year certainly means turning a new page and writing a new story. But many times, we focus so much on improving ourselves and setting new resolutions that we lose sight of the possibilities ahead.
What if this year, instead of making resolutions to be a better “me”, I call upon the Lord and ask HIM to make me a better disciple, follower, worshipper, witness, etc.? What if I turn my resolutions into visions?
Instead of writing a list of changes we want to make in our own lives, let’s come together and go before God, asking Him where He wants to lead us this year. And then let’s ask Him boldly for the things that we have on our hearts.
That can be a daunting task so let’s do this together. Here are a few steps to get us started.
Pray. Ask God to give you guidance and vision for the coming year. Ask Him to lead you and to open your eyes to see His leading. And then, boldly ask Him to open doors. James 4:2-3 says, “You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.” We need to ask God humbly for the things we desire and we need to trust Him when He gives us answers.
Recognize that sometimes, you will fail. And that’s okay. We are broken people (isn’t that why we make resolutions anyway?) and we are going to make mistakes. But, be encouraged. Deuteronomy 31:6 says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." Even when we fail, we can confidently come before the Lord in repentance and start again. What a beautiful blessing.
Watch God move. 2 Thessalonians 3:3 says, “But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.” You are not in this alone. You are supported by the Creator of the Universe. Let Him prove and reprove His faithfulness to you this year.
Believe this year that God will move in your heart and in your life. Surround yourself with a support system that will encourage you and share your journey with you. I am walking through these steps too. It’s you, me and Jesus.
In His Grip,